BDA Executive Director Joe B. Montez said Thursday that Fred Wigley of Big Chief RV Parks, Inc. is negotiating with the authority for an earnest money agreement contingent on the property being rezoned.
Because the property is within the city’s one-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction, the City Council must approve a zone change request.
Montez said the property must be rezoned for modular motel, modular home and recreational park use.
The director said City Building Inspector Lanny Holland has approved the project, pending a decision on the zoning by the council.
Wigley owns and operates the Big Chief RV Park and Cabins facility at Ponca City, Okla.
“This project is going to make a tremendous impact on our economy,” Montez said.
The project is being developed to serve the influx of oil field workers coming to Beeville to drill and service what is expected to be thousands of new oil and natural gas wells in the Eagle Ford Shale formation.
Montez said the development also will provide additional housing opportunities for new employees expected to be hired by Kay and Associates and Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance at the Chase Field Industrial Park and Airport Complex.
Activity in the Eagle Ford Shale formation is expected to last for another 10-15 years.
Montez said he is not yet sure how many spaces will be available on the 42 acres. The BDA bought the property in 2009 from the Bee County Development Corporation. The BCDC purchased the land about 35 years ago to handle any expansion of the industrial park area south of Reagan Road.
“We’re moving forward with it,” Montez said. The BDA gave him the authority at a recent meeting to negotiate a price for the property and Montez said they have come to an agreement.
Brett Bauman, who is in charge of marketing for the company, said that right now the needs are being assessed for any future development.
It is still too early to know exactly what will be built at that location.
“We’re looking at what facilities are needed,” he said. It could be an RV park, a motel or hotel, modular homes or a mix of those.
The company specializes in temporary housing, long-term housing and RV parks in several locations.
Montez said he also expects the BDA to sell a two-acre right of way to the property that was purchased from the Southern Pacific Railroad, bringing the total number of acres to 44.
Currently, the 42 acres under consideration is plowed field, under lease by a local farmer.
One of the additional benefits of the sale will be putting the property back on the tax rolls, Montez added.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.